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Whispers on water - a photo journal of our life on the 'cut' dedicated to keeping family and friends informed of our whereabouts.

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The Show Must Go On!

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1/2. Back to front.
3. Icy havoc.
4. Job done.

We awoke to find the ice had frozen into beautifully patterned swirls and various shades of frost during the night only to be spectacularly dashed to pieces as Narrowboat Alton with Brian at her helm headed home after a busy few days plying their trade.

On their outbound run, Brian and Ann-Marie moored Alton in front of us on a late Saturday afternoon in the dark and topped us up with coal as well as delivering to another two boats moored nearby. The sound of breaking ice early Sunday morning signalled the start of another busy day as Alton got underway to begin another full days work. Those two certainly put the hours in and are very much appreciated by the liveaboard community for providing crucial boat services and fuel deliveries throughout the winter months and in any weather conditions. Thanks again you two. Renaissance Canal Carrying,
17th Jan 2012, 19:16   comments (3)

Winter Glory

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Enjoying the blaze of a golden sky as the sun heads for the horizon behind the trees on the Middlewood Way at Higher Poynton. A beautiful end to a glorious day.
16th Jan 2012, 17:55   comments (2)

Icy Start to The Day

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This has been the only boat to pass us today. The ice returned overnight but isn't expected to last long enough to become anywhere near impenetrable to boats on the move. I'll keep you posted.
16th Jan 2012, 17:40   comments (2)

A Little Local Emergency

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Spot the Air and Ground Ambulance
16th Jan 2012, 17:30   comments (0)

Gunner Enjoying the Sunshine

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12th Jan 2012, 13:40   comments (1)

A Moose in the 'Hoose'

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Gunner took a liking to this moose in a local charity shop the other day and has been very gentle with it ever since Ginny bought it for him.

When I ask Gunner, 'where's the moose-in-the-hoose' he obligingly fetches it and gives it to me. He must think I need a toy to play with too. I sometimes wonder who is the more intelligent, me for asking or him for understanding!
11th Jan 2012, 10:42   comments (3)

A Casualty of The Cut

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This ewe hadn't been long in the water before I came by, which is a shame. I usually pull one or two live ones from the canal every year, but sadly a lot more drown.
11th Jan 2012, 10:14   comments (6)

Where there was nothing...

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1. A soggy towpath and the angling match venue.
2. The welcoming late afternoon glow of a local pub.

An angling match took place yesterday at Higher Poynton on the 'Maccy', not far from where we are moored. And where there was nothing before, I later came across a dead pike of about 14lbs, an assortment of polythene bags, a flask, tin foil and drinks cans, all discarded along the towpath where the match had taken place. It goes to show that match angling is just all about the money too these days, that and the match stewards just couldn't be bothered. Oh well, another refuse bag of litter added to the tally and a carrier bag of dog-poo in bags also collected along the way. The Pike was given a decent burial too. The 'garden' looks much better for a tidy.
9th Jan 2012, 18:02   comments (6)